A unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside, Standedge Tunnel is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out. Visitors can explore deep into the tunnel on one of the family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in the cafe and let kids jump, climb and explore our playground and wildlife garden. Reopened in 2001 after a 20 year restoration programme, the Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre sits on the banks of the historic Huddersfield Narrow Canal, a waterway of startling contrasts from tranquil countryside to dramatic mills.Families can enjoy a 30 minute guided boat trip deep into the 3.25 mile tunnel, or, for the more adventurous, there is a trip all the way through the tunnel every other Saturday. One of our entertaining guides will thrill you with tales of the folk who designed, built and worked in the tunnel.
We have featured two other Canal & River Trust attractions within this publication and Standedge is the third but by no means least. Despite extensive investigations before my visit to Standedge, I was still a bit unsure what to expect, as there isn't really an attraction like this anywhere within the UK. I arrived and immediately fell in love with the location that comes straight out of an episode of 'Last of the Summer Wine' People can visit Standedge and explore the visitor centre for free but in my honest opinion, no trip to the Standedge and the Visitors Centre is complete without taking a value for money trip through the tunnel aboard the canal boat. The tour guide and boat driver both give an amazing insight into not only the tunnels history but the hundreds of men involved with the building of this outstanding engineering feet.